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Single-lane traffic coming on Route 22 bridge

Round-the-clock limits begin next week on span over Delaware River

EASTON, Pa. - Beginning next week, traffic will be limited to one lane in both directions on Route 22's Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge over the Delaware River.

The round-the-clock lane restrictions will remain until mid-December, according to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Motorists who use the bridge, which is being rehabilitated, are advised to take Interstate 78 and other alternate routes, especially on weekday mornings, by Joe Resta, the commission's executive director.

He warned drivers will face congestion and delays every weekday morning.

Peak morning commuting hours in Route 22's eastbound lanes are 6-9 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Work to limit lanes on the bridge, as well as lanes leading to it, will begin around 9:30 a.m. March 24 --after morning rush hour.  Drivers will face the full impact of the restricted lanes on the morning of March 25.

The eastbound lane restriction will begin at the 13th Street interchange on Route 22, just west of Cemetery Curve in Easton. Eastbound traffic will be limited only to the right lane through downtown Easton, across the bridge and into Phillipsburg, where it will return to two lanes.

Westbound traffic on Route 22 already is restricted to a single lane before the toll plaza on the Phillipsburg side of the bridge. That restriction continues across the bridge and into Easton.

The bridge rehab project began in the summer of 2013. The work zone covers about three-quarters of a mile. The work will continue into the spring of 2015, but those latter phases should involved only periodic and short-term, off-peak travel restrictions.

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